ERIC Number: ED238172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-16
Reference Count: 0
A Study Concerning Perceptions of Public School Teachers and Principals Regarding Curriculum Issues in Middle Tennessee.
Reddick, Thomas; Peach, Larry
A survey was conducted to compare the attitudes of 250 teachers, 25 principals, and 35 central office personnel from 20 middle Tennessee counties toward curricular issues. Respondents answered 29 questions on a scale of "strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree" to generate data in 7 categories of issues: curriculum development, course content, school environment, individualized instruction, philosophical parameters, student evaluation, and extracurricular activities. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences was used to analyze the data, while the Chi Square technique was used to determine the level of significance. Both the teachers and administrators agreed that course content should be decided by teachers, that curriculum development is a cooperative responsibility, that grades should be based on a combination of effort and achievement, that each child should develop a marketable skill, and that strict discipline is essential to learning. Moreover, with minor exceptions, there was general agreement between teachers and principals in all seven categories. (TE)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chi Square; Statistical Package for the Social Sciences; Tennessee
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (12th, Nashville, TN, November 16, 1983).